Nativity play, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift stalls, School Fetes…..all annual primary school events where parents rummage around the house searching for second hand gifts, ingredients for cupcakes and a tea towel/shepherds headdress in order to contribute to the life of their child’s primary school.
Well this week is the ultimate……
Facebook feeds across the country (including my own) will be filled with photos of hand painted, home made, Grandma sewn costumes that have been planned for months. I admire these mums. Those who enjoy the time laboriously perfecting every last detail of the sequined Elsa dress that they have been working on since the Book Parade date was announced. Or the Spotlight mum, who has planned, designed, sewn and hot glue gunned every last square centimetre of their child’s costume. All hail the Spotlight mum…..You put the rest of us to shame.
Next will come the photos of the poor kid with the last minute mum. Who grabbed a box out of the recycling bin, painted it black, put it on her kid’s head and sent him to school as a Minecraft Man! These ones crack me up….such creativity, such commitment. As a teacher, I LOVE standing there watching the costumes walk past in the parade….and although I admire and oooooh and ahhhhhh at the cuteness of each costume….I am really thinking about the mother who last night realised that the Book Parade is tomorrow and has manically pulled together a costume that Better Homes and Gardens would be proud of! You make me remember that I am not on my own….as I run from work to pick up, to ballet, to tae kwon do….I’m not the only one who sometimes takes the easy option! Your kid will think it’s the best costume on earth and you will have some hilarious memories to boot!
Let’s flood the internet with pics from our kids Book Week efforts this year.…..Yes, it’s about kids and cute costumes but it’s also a time of year that celebrates parents that put in the effort…...whether you’re a Perfectionist Patty or a Last Minute Linda!